Arts Award Centre


‘The Arts Award is a unique qualification that supports young people to grow as artists and arts leaders.’


March 2017: Woodcroft Dance Team wins Regional Dance Finals

Woodcroft TGBDO Finals 1Woodcroft were crowned London school dance champions on the night of Monday 20th March when they won the The Great Big Dance Off. Our school dance club competed on the stage of New Wimbledon Theatre against teams from across London: to read more click here

November 2016: Woodcroft Weekly: Arts News Special Issue

September 2016: Bronze Arts Award Presentation Evening

Woodcroft Bronze Arts Achievers 2016On Wednesday 28th September we welcomed back our Year 6 pupils from last year to celebrate their Bronze Arts Award success. A fantastic 55 pupils achieved this prestigious award by the end of the summer term…to read more click here


July 2016: Woodcroft Joined the new Artsmark Programme

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As a current Artsmark Gold school the arts & culture matter at Woodcroft. We are pleased to announce that we have submitted our ‘statement of commitment’ and have begun our journey to renew our award.


July 2016: Second Year of Arts Award Success for Woodcroft

Arts Award LogoAs part of our AIM@Arts programme Woodcroft pupils take part in an extended and enriched curriculum. Pupils in Year 6 then work towards the Arts Award issued by Trinity College London. Our pupils submitted their portfolios for moderation by an external college assessor. We are proud to announce that 55 of our Y6 pupils successfully met all of the criteria and achieved their Bronze Award.

Arts Award Week at Woodcroft – 2nd to 10th July 2016


The Arts Award is celebrated its 10th birthday with centres across the country organising events and activities. Lots happened at Woodcroft during the week – take a look…click here


March 2016: Advisor Accreditation

Mrs Gignac and Mrs Valoti achieved their Arts Award Advisor Accreditation. Woodcroft now has 4 trained advisors, including Mr Tallon and Miss Sherring, who can run the Arts Award Programme

December 11th 2015: Read our Arts Special Issue Newsletter by clicking this link.

Bronze Awards

37 Bronze Arts Award Achievers

September 16th 2015: Great News! 37 Bronze Arts Award Certificates arrived today ready for us to deliver to our Y6 leavers – congratulations to everyone that took part in our first Arts Award year at Woodcroft.

July 17th 2015: Year 6 successfully completed their Arts Award qualification. On Friday 17th July 2015 a moderator from Trinity College assessed their portfolios and confirmed that 39 pupils had achieved the standard for the Bronze Award, praising the high quality of evidence presented by the school. Read more here…



  • a great way for children and young people to be inspired by and enjoy the arts
  • offered at five levels, four accredited and one introductory award
  • a framework for learning new skills and sharing them
  • an opportunity to develop creativity and leadership skills
  • a link between young people and creative arts professionals

Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are accredited qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory level. Woodcroft offers accredited assessment of Bronze and Silver levels. Find out more by visiting the Arts Award website by clicking here.


Trinity_College_London_-_LogoWoodcroft is an Arts Award Assessment Centre registered with Trinity College London. The school currently has two trained Arts Award advisers. Woodcroft is an open centre and welcomes joint moderations and contact with other organisations.


ARTSMARKGOLDAs an ArtsMark Gold school Woodcroft aims to offer exceptional opportunities. The Arts are underpinned by a published, and inclusive, Arts Charter.

Click here to view the Woodcroft Arts Award Charter

This charter acts as a guarantee for every pupil, ensuring they receive a termly programme of live arts experiences, opportunities for critical review, artistic research and skills sharing. In addition, every pupil performs to an audience at least once per term.


Arts opportunities are structured to support the Arts Award in each year group. This leads to the Bronze Qualification in Year 6. In addition to National Curriculum studies, year groups focus on specific Arts genres that are outlined in the Arts Award Curriculum Map.

Click here to view the Arts Award Curriculum Map

Pupils have access to a wide range of professional, specialist staff working in the best possible learning environments. Teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to participate in the Arts and also to transfer these skills, attitudes and aspirations across their learning; ensuring the best possible outcomes for all.

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Click here for AIM@Arts

Extensive opportunities for pupils to engage in the Arts is supported by our AIM@Arts programme. This is a full programme of extra curricula clubs, musical tuition, visiting artists and educational trips to enhance the core curriculum. Find out more about Woodcroft’s AIM@ programmes by clicking on the AIM@ icon.

An environment where Arts and creativity can flourish is being achieved through the provision of an outstanding core curriculum, supported by an innovative AIM@Arts cross curricular enrichment programme.

Through the Arts we also explore and develop an understanding of the values of our society. The Arts allow pupils to explore the core curriculum through creative means, and provides them unique and valuable life experiences to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural selves. These skills and attitudes transfer across the curriculum and support academic achievement. Click here to read more about the Arts Award and SMSC at Woodcroft.

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Integral to the highest quality broad and balanced education must be planned opportunities for pupils to be inspired by professional artists. This occurs through attending live performances at world class venues in a wide range of genres and inviting professional artists to perform and run workshops with all pupils across the school.

MMA Ensemble 100: November 2016

mmalogo2Woodcroft Choir were invited to open Ensemble 100, a celebration event hosted by the MMA. This prestigious event was attended by representatives of music education and Members of Parliament from across the United Kingdom. Read more click here

National Nutcracker: Autumn 2016

Woodcroft embarked on an exciting 10 week collaboration with the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet. Year 4 participated in the ‘National Nutcracker’ scheme; a project that aimed to get the nation dancing using the ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ as a stimulus. Take a look at our dances…click here

Unicorn Theatre Collaborate School 2015 -16

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Collaborate was a year-long partnership programme between the Unicorn and one primary school that gave teachers and pupils unparalleled access to theatre for young audiences. We were proud that Woodcroft was selected as the Collaborate Partner for 2015-16!

This unique opportunity placed theatre and creative learning as whole-school focus. Find out more about the programme by clicking the link here:Unicorn Theatre Collaborate Partnership Information

 Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ The Opera Project 2016 with POET

Poet ImageIn July 2016 Woodcroft hosted a full scale operatic performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This amazing show by Pavilion Opera, an internationally renowned travelling Opera Company, involved a cast of 17 professional singers in complete stage costume and props. It was even performed in it’s original language of Italian.

Woodcroft explored the opera as part of an educational programme culminating in the live show. Year 5 studied the play, Shakespeare and its historical setting throughout the term. They then used the performance and their studies to create an immersive experience for their families and the rest of the school … click here to see.

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  • 4D Immersive Suite
  • Fully resourced Music Room
  • State of the art staging facilities
  • Dedicated instrumental tuition suite


Arts Award Trained Advisers:

Our Arts Award Centre currently has four fully accredited Bronze and Silver ArtsAward Advisers.

  • Miss Caitlin Sherring (Adviser, Music Coordinator)
  • Mr Craig Tallon (Adviser, Headteacher)
  • Mrs Valoti (Adviser, Asst Head Enrichment)
  • Mrs Gignac (Advisor, Year 6 Lead)

Specialist teaching

  • Specialist music teacher
  • Specialist dance choreographer
  • Professional instrumental teachers in association with BEAT (Barnet Education Arts Trust)
  • Collaborate Partnership with Unicorn Theatre


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  • ArtsMark Gold School (Awarded May 2013)
  • Winner: Best School Music Department at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2015
  • Shortlisted Finalist Education Business Awards Music Prize 2015
  • Rock Challenge: 4th South England Finals 2016, Regional Winners 2013, Runners up 2014 & 2016, Short film winners 2015
  • National Finalists – The Great Big Dance Off 2016

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  • Retain ArtsMark Gold status; due for renewal 2016
  • Become an ArtsAward Good Practice Centre 2016
  • Expand adviser support